Performances 2012

2012 Festival Events – Performances

  • All Jump Up/Silver Rose - The beloved and dynamic duo of Barb Silverman, “a folk festival in a box,” and Steve Rosen, “the folk Buddha,” pack 30 years of charm and talent from old-time to swing to novelty, weaving tight harmony, textured rhythms, expansive solos, … Continue reading
  • Almost “A” Quartet - Almost “A” is a mix of Romanian gypsy, artsy stuff, jazz standards, tango, and Django. Don’t miss the incomparable Dorothy Martirano on violin, Armand Beaudoin on cello/double bass, Chris Reyman on accordion, and George Turner on guitar.
  • Billy Galt and Jeff Kerr - Billy Galt is well-known in Central Illinois for his guitarmanship with the Blues Deacons; he also has spent time playing backup for Homesick James, Sonny Boy WIlliamson, Jr., Maxwell Street Jimmy and Shirley King. Playing with Jeff Kerr, the duo … Continue reading
  • Black Coffee Fridays - Black Coffee Fridays is an acoustic music group organically grown out of companionship, love for music, resilient porch chilling, the inner flame of good times burning to express themselves and the desire to carry on a tradition.
  • Blind Boy Paxton with Brandon Bailey - CU Folk and Roots is proud to announce the return of Blind Boy Paxton, who wow’ed audiences at our 2011 festival. Amazingly, he’s not just the real deal, he may be the most sensational newcomer in the blues in many … Continue reading
  • Boneyard Morris Dance Group - Morris dance is a traditional dance from England that has been done for hundreds of years. There are several references to Morris dance in Shakespeare. Each village or region has its own set of dances. The Boneyard Morris dance group … Continue reading
  • Carl Sandburg: Music of the People, Voice of the People - Carl Sandburg dedicates his American Songbag to the “Unknown Singers”: the people who lived and died, having sung, but who are now unsung. They live on through the tradition they carried and passed along. Not only did Carl Sandburg collect … Continue reading
  • Champaign-Urbana Accordion Club - The Champaign-Urbana Accordion Club is a group of people devoted to squeezing the old box. We welcome all levels of experience and inexperience, and meet weekly on Wednesday evening, for free and for fun. We play folk music of all styles, some classical … Continue reading
  • David Howie - David Howie is no less than a legend in this town. A singer/songwriter/guitarist, he also covers a song catalog of astonishing range.
  • Deak Harp - Deak Harp started playing harmonica at age 12, when he heard a schoolmate playing blues on a harmonica. Deak listened to British blues untill his brother Bob told him about a harp master named James Cotton. The rest, as they … Continue reading
  • Devil in a Woodpile - From Bloodshot Records – Devil in a Woodpile, they play blues. They also play country. Ragtime. Hot Jazz. Hillbilly. It’s all the same to them. It’s all taken from the same well called American Music that existed long before wise guy … Continue reading
  • Donnybrook - Jay and Pat Landers (Donnybrook) have been deeply involved in performing traditional Irish/Celtic music since 1983, when they were founding members of “Drowsy Maggie,” one of the first Irish folk groups in Louisville, Kentucky. Pat has played the piano for … Continue reading
  • Emily Otnes - Emily Otnes is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter from Urbana, Illinois. Her musical style is a mix of jazz, pop, and folk, created through the use of vocals, piano, guitar, ukulele, and flute. She is currently studying at the University of Illinois … Continue reading
  • Gina Forsyth - New Orleans-based Gina Forsyth is an award-winning singer/songwriter, who is known for her wizardry on fiddle and guitar. With an alto as unique as it is soulful, unpretentious songs that cut straight to the heart, and a wicked sense of … Continue reading
  • Grass Roots Revival - Grass Roots Revival (GRR) plays traditional bluegrass and Americana music with a vengeance. GRR’s specialty is close harmonies and the high-lonesome sound that bluegrass is known for. All three members of GRR were born and bred in the cornfield-flatlands of … Continue reading
  • Jazz Clarinet Revival - Jazz Clarinet Revival is Nathaniel Ruiz’s ongoing project to display the different musical environments (primarily in the jazz idiom) that the clarinet can fit. This particular performance focuses on Bossa Nova. 
  • John Lilly - John Lilly is a multi-talented acoustic music performer from Charleston, West Virginia, specializing in Americana, country roots, and traditional folk music.
  • Kevin Elliott - Kevin Elliott has maintained an uninterrupted love affair with the contemporary folk sound he first heard as a child in the 1960’s. This sound, which has ebbed and flowed in the culture, but which has never disappeared, is experiencing yet … Continue reading
  • Legend of Levi Morgan - Urbana based Legend of Levi Morgan started out playing Red dirt covers and decided to write their own music that blended Red dirt, folk, country, and some bluegrass.
  • Margaret O’Brien - Singer-songwriter Margaret M. O’Brien grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the Beverly neighborhood, and has lived in New Mexico, Oregon and California as well. She picked up the mountain dulcimer after attending the Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival … Continue reading
  • Michael Powers - Michael Powers, drummer and hand-percussionist extraordinaire has played with many blues, rock, and world music bands in the area over the past thirty years. His solo percussion performances are a favorite with children of all ages.
  • Mike Anderson – Storytelling - The combination of music, storytelling and humor has made Mike Anderson one of the most sought-after performers from the Atlantic coast to Canada to the Gulf and all points in between.
  • Monster Buttermilk Presented by Piper’s Hut - Monster Buttermilk is a performing unit comprised on musicians who participate in C/U’s weekly Irish music session (every Wednesday 8:30p to 10:30p at O’Neil’s, 301 N. Neil St. in Champaign).  We take our name from the creative spelling on an … Continue reading
  • Mr. Stephens - The festival welcomes back “Mr. Stephens,” who has been entertaining the twelve-and-under set around C-U for years with his blend of serious and silly, fun and folksy guitar and vocals.  Big on audience participation, he doesn’t so much play for … Continue reading
  • Mugdock Pipers - The Mugdock Pipers were founded in the 1960s by Mr. Jim Lynch, Urbana, to promote the art of the Highland Bagpipe in the Champaign-Urbana area. Members have been drawn from among UIUC students as well as from the wider community. … Continue reading
  • New Old Cavalry - The New Old Cavalry is a young, energetic, and dynamic bluegrass group that has torn out of Bloomington, IN, reaching as far as the west coast in only a few short years. While maintaining the format of a traditional string … Continue reading
  • New Orleans Jazz Machine - The New Orleans Jazz Machine is a traditional jazz band formed over 15 years ago and features: Carlyle Johnson (long-time Champaign music teacher), clarinet/soprano sax Russ Pence, trumpet Barry Wagner, trombone Gary Peyton, piano Josh Walden, bass Dave Madden, drums
  • Nightjar Promotions Singer-Songwriter Showcase with Midas the Crow, Vivian McConnell, Justin Rondon, Gloria Roubal - Nightjar Promotions presents four wonderful original local singer-songwriters in conjunction with the C-U Folk & Roots Festival. In just six short months since moving to Champaign from Southwest Missouri, Justin Larkin, a/k/a Midas the Crow, has gained a devoted following … Continue reading
  • Old Time Players - Duo Christine and Paul Breen make up the Old Time Players . Christine  plays the old time five-string banjo and has been playing clawhammer style for several years. She is quite accomplished in the old time mountain style of banjo … Continue reading
  • Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra - The Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra comes to us from Bloomington, Illinois, where it grew out of old-time jam session that attracted a remarkable number of mandolin players. The Orchestra’s repertoire includes popular turn-of-the-century songs, ragtime, classical, jazz, and bluegrass.
  • Puppetalooza! with Miriam Larson - Join puppeteer Miriam Larson for some fun stories for all ages. Puppet antics will include a retelling of the Aesop tale Ant and Grasshopper and a slap-stick skit that all started because Papa believed in the cooties. The puppets look … Continue reading
  • Red Tail Ring - Red Tail Ring is the Americana roots duo of Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry on fiddle, … Continue reading
  • Resonation Station - Krannert Uncorked gets the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival off to an early start with the feel-good traditional and pop songs of Resonation Station. Jordan Schilling, Jeremy Taylor, Collin Richey, and JB Faires bring energetic picking and lush harmonies to … Continue reading
  • Robbie Fulks - Robbie Fulks kicked off the very first CU Folk and Roots Festival in 2009 and we’re thrilled to have him back! Don’t miss his humor-laced alt-country uniqueness.
  • Rose Duffy - Rose Duffy’s dedication to Irish music began at a young age. Her father and sisters played tunes after dinner in the family kitchen, and when she started to study Irish dance, it exposed her to the music before she first … Continue reading
  • Stay Gold Boys - The Stay Gold Boys is a rockabilly/jump trio out of the Champaign-Urbana area. Band consists of seasoned local veterans, Todd Fletcher on guitar and lead/backup vocals (Parasol Recording Artist June and the Exit Wounds), Lee Hansen on upright bass and … Continue reading
  • Storytelling with Hal Southern and Camille Born - Hal Southern was born and raised in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. He started telling stories in 2009 and loves the journey that stories take him on. He tells a variety of tales and has told stories at the … Continue reading
  • Storytelling with Kathe Brinkmann and Elaine Bearden - Kathe Brinkmann is a wonderful storyteller with a breadth of tales that range from the moving to the comical. She is always tuned into her listeners and seems to know which story is right for her audience. Whether she is … Continue reading
  • Storytelling with Sue Searing and Kim Sheahan - Sue Searing has lived in Champaign for over 15 years, working as a librarian at the University of Illinois. She’s originally from upstate New York. Her passion for discovering, learning, and telling stories was awakened in mid-life, and now she’s … Continue reading
  • Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra - Emerging as one of Canada’s most exciting young multi-genre roots band, the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra’s faithful underground following has expanded to National awareness and saw them playing festivals across Canada and the US in 2011.
  • The Blue Ribbon Revival - Are you a Believer? Do you feel as though you were born in the wrong era? Do the Philistines of Country Radio make you fear for the salvation of the world? Brothers and Sisters, The Blue Ribbon Revival is here … Continue reading
  • The Curses - If The Curses have souls, they are old ones. Their music is kinda like going to your favorite buffet Sunday afternoon with a bad hangover.
  • The Freight Hoppers - We are happy to have the Freight Hoppers, one of old-time’s most powerful and dynamic bands playing at this year’s festival. The lineup for the festival is Heidi Clare on fiddle, Frank Lee on banjo, Isaac Deal on guitar, and … Continue reading
  • The Shanties - The Shanties – In bars and in concert setting they are New Irish music, an energetic infusion of traditional and pop. Solid for 12 years, according to its fans, and more over the top than ever; rowdy fun with powerful … Continue reading
  • The Young and the Fretless - The Young and the Fretless plays old-time mountain music on the prairie–a mix of Appalachian Mountain and Midwestern tunes and songs. Its members are Lyle Konigsberg (fiddle), Tom Bassett (fretless banjo and banjo ukulele), Matt Croisant (guitar), and Chris Strand … Continue reading
  • Vine Street Syncopators - The Vine Street Syncopators, led by trumpeter Jeff Helgesen, performs traditional swing music from the 1930s, including music originally recorded by Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt, and Eddie Condon, amongst others.